A Collier Circuit judge granted a 30-year-old Golden Gate Estates woman’s petition for an order of protection after the woman detailed how her longtime live-in boyfriend threatened to slit her throat like the “Haitian man killed his wife and kids.”
Judge Elizabeth Krier issued a final order of protection to Yoana Cutiño of 2790 8th Ave. S.E., and ordered her ex-boyfriend, Shepherd Samuel Fernandes, to complete a batterer’s program, undergo a substance-abuse evaluation, and to contact the Child Advocacy Center of Collier County to arrange visitation with his two children.
At the domestic violence hearing last month, Krier barred Fernandes from contacting his girlfriend of 11 years and her three children, including two he fathered. “You can’t call her, text her, e-mail her and you can’t have someone contact her for you,” Krier warned.
After court, Fernandes declined comment, but his mother called the allegations lies. Cutiño said she’d broken up with him and he was trying to work it out, but was persistent they needed to be separated.
“I felt that if he was going to do it, he would have if he meant it,” Cutiño said of his threat to cut and dismember her. “Maybe he was just trying to scare me.”
Linda Oberhaus, executive director of the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, said after the killing of a woman and her five children in North Naples and the arrest of her husband, Mesac Damas, she’d correctly predicted other men would use the Damas case as a threat to spouses and girlfriends.
Fernandes was arrested by Collier County Sheriff’s deputies after the Sept. 28 incident and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and domestic violence battery, both felonies.
Cutiño’s petition for the order said he told her she’d pay for seeing another man and he understood why Damas killed his wife and children “because (expletive) like me drive men like him to do it.” She said he held her down with his knees, slapped her four times while threatening her, and acted like he’d stab her as she pleaded for him to stop — asking if he wanted their children to grow up knowing he’d murdered their mother.
“They are gonna grow (up) without me anyway,” her petition said he told her. “After I dismember your body, I’m gonna kill myself ...”
She begged to go to the bathroom and put on clothing because she was cold, she wrote, and although he held a knife, she wrestled with him at the door and fled. He followed her, she said, but she ran back inside, locked him out and called 911. She wrote: “I really, really thought I was going to die.”